Heard at the Influencer Summit: “Innovation that does not disrupt” is key
At this year’s SAP Influencer Summit, held in the Bay Area this week and also broadcast on a virtual platform, SAP executives talked with analysts, media, and other influencers about how SAP is delivering its strategy. One of the recurring themes was the challenge of innovating in the enterprise.
SAP executive board member Vishal Sikka, in a keynote on the first day of the summit, summed up SAP’s goal. “Our fundamental endeavor is to deliver innovation that does not disrupt what’s in the enterprise.” (Read the wrap-up from Day One)
Peter Lorenz, an SAP executive vice president and corporate officer, said that for all enterprises, “Disruption on the core is forbidden. We are focusing on smooth innovation at the core and innovation at the edges – with higher speed.” (Read the wrap-up from Day Two)
John Wookey, SAP’s executive vice president of On-Demand Line-of-Business, also spoke in the On-Demand Deep Dive session about the importance of control: “The way you…reach out through new line-of-business on-demand applications…ought to follow some standards that you as an organization have control over.” Skip right to that clip, or watch the whole 3-minute excerpt below:
Wookey’s comments, in particular, were a suitable follow-up to this Monday’s unveiling [news release] of the enterprise edition of SAP StreamWork. The enterprise edition, if you haven’t heard about it yet, is a new edition that gives IT departments enterprise-class features and controls to manage integration, security, auditing, and rollback.